The Netherlands is now a new national park richer from this Monday. Minister Carola Schouten (Nature, ChristenUnie) has granted this status to Nieuw Land, a nature reserve in and near Flevoland that includes the Oostvaardersplassen, the Lepelaarplassen, the Markermeer and the Marker Wadden.
With nearly 29,000 hectares, Nieuw Land is the second largest national park in the country. About three-quarters of the area consists of water. The nature in New Land was formed by the impoldering of Flevoland and the closure of the Zuiderzee, and that makes the area special, according to deputy Michiel Rijsberman (D66). "It is made by people and returned to nature. If man had not made it, then there would not have been nature, "he says to Omroep Flevoland.
Legislation remains in force
Direct consequences for nature conservation do not have the allocation of national park status to the area. The laws and regulations that are now in force will continue to apply. "The designation of New Land has no consequences for owners and users of the land and water in the national park", writes Minister Schouten.
The Provincial Executive of Flevoland had nominated New Land for appointment as national park last March. At the end of last month Schouten decided that she officially announced on Monday at the provincial house in Lelystad.
There are now 21 national parks in the Netherlands. The largest remains the Oosterschelde, with an area of 37,000 hectares. The last area that was designated a national park before new country was De Oude Venen in Friesland (2006).